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Comment: Re:You keep using that word. (Score 1) 411

by troff (#45053381) Attached to: US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

Hi. I'm not American. But my country has been in a formal alliance with America since about 1951, about 20 years before I was born.

I'm an IT guy. The closest I've ever been to any government-type work is when I spent most of 9 months working with the State (not Federal) Government office as a part of a Master's-by-Research degree at looking into whether Open Source software might possibly be feasible for such office use. The research was not completed, however. Now I just work back at the same university where I was doing the research study. At the moment, I'm working in the IT security team.

So: am I "foreign"?

Do I deserve to have my communications tracked?

If I send/receive encrypted e-mail to/from one of my colleagues who got me into the habit of sending such an e-mail, which basically consists of bitching about our (public, education-sector) boss, then do I really need to have that e-mail stored on an NSA server until they expend the resources necessary to crack my GPG? Do I really need to be considered guilty before there's been any kind of assessment as to exactly what I'm hiding from whom?

Or, to put it slightly more crudely - do you think the definition of "foreign" makes any damn difference to the great majority of the Internet (read: world) who are inappropriately impacted by all this NSA bull?

Comment: Re:SLOP syndrome (Score 1) 193

by troff (#45053145) Attached to: Sorm: Russia Intends To Monitor "All Communications" At Sochi Olympics

> I suggest that some people need to grow up, and realise that the West is the absolute paragon of virtue compared to what Russia, China and Muslim countries are doing.

> I shudder to think what will happen to the world when the baton of world domination is handed to these despots. I know the techno-libertarian crowd will be celebrating.

That Russia is, as you put it, "the Devil Incarnate" and America opposes Russia in certain areas does not make America "the absolute paragon of virtue compared" (and you might want to think what "absolute" and "compared" mean).

Instead, let's look at it this way: does the average Russian/American have any reason or want to harm the average American/Russian? No?

Maybe the Good/Evil split should be viewed along different lines: does the average American/Russian have their lives made any harder by the American/Russian government, to the benefit of that government? Really? Well, maybe the American/Russian people might be viewing the government the way you think one "country" views another.

Comment: Re:Someone start a defense fund (Score 1) 955

by troff (#43966505) Attached to: USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

That debate appears to have already been concluded. The debate now seems mostly about how to push forward what is right, rather than let your elected government, the premiere power of your land, run roughshod all over people using the very same rules that are supposed to prevent them doing just that; how to make the laws/crimes match what's right/wrong.

Comment: Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (Score 2) 213

by troff (#43406551) Attached to: Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

Not likely.

The old Doctor Who had the occasional grim-and-gritty (the kind that made Question Time in Parliament complain about it). The new Who is full of "if you hope and feel hard enough, you can overcome alien technology, incomprehensible gods and the laws of physics". Even the last episode was proof enough of that.

I've met Gareth Thomas. I weep for Blake. The new Avon will probably look like Sheldon Cooper, Vila will be cool and Cally will probably be slutting up to everybody. Remember what Galactica's new producers said in an early interview - we're gonna modernise. That means sex with hot blonde robots.

Comment: Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (Score 2) 146

Respectfully, nothing "just works".

Funnily enough, I do believe that's the point on which we were previously relying.

You seem to be bringing a lot of personal snark into this. Not to mention, this was never originally pointed at any of the users (as you're quite clearly saying with your "inferiority" comments).

This was about Microsoft's plan to circumscribe search results depending on the user's "mood" and "intelligence"; what this implies in a future when people are already burying their heads in the sand, as it is.

And - I'll reiterate, seeing as you seem to have missed this the first time - this is about people who keep using these tools and
choose to not learn more about the tools they're using. Would you like me to say that I feel superior over people who refuse to learn things; when I don't refuse to learn things outside of my own scope? Would that satisfy your need to feel superior?

Furthermore, you comment about stating "Apple users are idiots who don't know a thing about their computers"; I would rather say that "people using Apple or Windows and don't know anything and refuse repeatedly to learn about their tools are idiots".

... much like people who can't seem to read comments with a sufficient level of comprehension, but with plenty of personal issues brought in to cloud said comprehension.

Comment: Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (Score 3, Interesting) 146

You sound like the person who doesn't understand that we diesel mechanics keep meeting so many truck drivers who can't comprehend what the truck is and is not capable of doing.

They buy into the iTruck hype and keep assuming that the damn thing will keep driving itself down the I-95 while they have a quick kip behind the wheel. And then blame us when they end up in a ditch.

Hence, me bringing up the point of the meanings being conflated. It, contrary to popular (indeed, encouraged) belief, doesn't just work. Hence, the diesel mechanics tend to think less of the truck drivers who haven't bothered to ever look under their hoods; and berate us for making the mere suggestion that they might consider doing so.

Comment: Re:But isn't this Microsoft all over? (Score 1) 146

a) Because these people don't really get how to use these devices.
b) I think you're conflating grandparent's use of "It just works" meaning "don't think or customise, just use what we give you", with the idea of these Apple products really, genuinely "just working".

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.